Today’s blog is an actual representation of just how petty and narrow minded our uPSD are. It involves a colleague who for a reason only known to himself makes four anonymous telephone calls over a two day period to a female acquaintance enquiring if she wanted to have an affair. A second whammy in this incident is that he used his police telephone to make all four calls. Once challenged he fully admits his role in the matter. His head was in a bad place and he was completely stressed out from long hours at work and pressures of supervision because he was of rank.
Without his admissions then I doubt that there would be any case against him and certainly if there was, his admissions cut short the investigation by the local divisional police by weeks if not months. Also negated the requirement for potentially expensive telephone enquiries being done undere the RIPA legislation. So, over to the uPSD who were informed that a cop had acted like a prat. How disappointed they were when they told me that our colleague was not going to be prosecuted for his misdemeanour following an adjudication by the CPS who had looked at the evidence in the case to arrive at their decision. The next step, surely, is to give him a final written warning and have him resume his very responsible role as a competent and well respected police officer of rank.
That would be too simple for our jaundiced uPSD. Our heroic uPSD
prosecutor investigator, following representation by me, believed our colleague to be a serial sexual predator!!!!! What? That’s right, in my force four anonymous telephone calls to a female asking for an affair makes you a serial sexual predator. The uPSD must be right because the uPSD said she was an Inspector and knew best. I nearly fell off my chair. As a detective I think I am qualified to comment on what attributes a serial sexual offender possesses and it certainly isn’t someone who acts totally out of character for 2 days in his life. After all, judging by some of the other carryings on by the senior ranks they must be major perverts!
The sad part of this case is that 19 months later…….yes you read it right…….19 months later our colleague, facing an uncertain future, realising the bias against him and pre-conceived notions about him as a person, got a job earning £3000 a year less than he was on for his rank but provided with a company car, permanent weekdays, no shifts and certainly no weekends and so resigned his post in my force. A sad loss of a very good ranking police officer with the respect of his colleagues and the skills and abilities to get the job done efficiently and competently. He signed his resignation in the presence of a senior officer on his division and asked me to deliver it to our uPSD Inspector.
I have to report that the uPSD Inspector refused to take the resignation form from me because it had not been signed in her presence. She was gutted by the outcome believing that I had somehow been complicit in preventing her from complete gratification and exposure of a sexual deviant. She further lambasted me for allowing our colleague to resign before she could get him to a misconduct tribunal (by the way the matter was progressing probably in the next 6 to 12 months) and stated that she was disgusted with me, “After all you are a policeman first.”
“No Ma’am. I’m a Detective………”
Result of incivility report in due course!